New York: Top 10 Nine ½ Weeks Shooting Locations

Adapted from a true story published in 1979, Nine ½ Weeks depicts the torrid relationship between John and Elizabeth, an independent young woman gradually losing control of herself. The striptease scene helped elevate it to cult status.
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Nine ½ Weeks in New York

If your trip lasts nine and a half weeks, remember to take your New York guide of 1000 cult places from movies, series, music, comics and novels. Even if it lasts more or less.

Spring Street Gallery

The art gallery in which Elizabeth McGraw (Kim Basinger) works is in reality the Judd Foundation. The building houses a permanent exhibition by Donald Judd (1928-1994), a visual artist who pioneered minimalism. He lived and worked in this building where he arranged his works in a very precise manner. Guided tours are organized there.

Address: Judd Foundation, 101 Spring Street, New York, USA

Elizabeth’s apartment

Elizabeth’s apartment is behind this beautifully crafted facade. There she has her first relationship with John Gray (Mickey Rourke). Not sure if the current occupants empty the fridge in the same way!

Address: 838 West End Avenue, New York, USA

John’s office

Western Union Telegraph Building - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Western Union Telegraph Building – Photo credit: Fantrippers

John works in the financial world from this 29-story building. Former headquarters of the telephone and telegraph company and then Western Union, it was from here that one of the first transcontinental calls was made in 1927 between New York and London. The building also appears on Wall Street. An amusing fact since the two films are set at the same time and the two main characters both work professionally in the same field.

Address: Western Union Telegraph Building, 195 Broadway, New York, USA

John’s apartment

454 West 46th Street - Photo credit: Fantrippers
454 West 46th Street – Photo credit: Fantrippers

This is where one of the most famous stripteases in the cinema takes place, based on Joe Cocker’s song “You can leave your hat on”. The apartment is located at the top of a building in the private courtyard. Elizabeth is seen leaving him through the passage closed off from the street by a gate.

Address: 454 West 46th Street, New York, USA

Clock Tower

Clock Tower - Nine and a half weeks
Clock Tower – Nine and a half weeks

John and Elizabeth are having sex near the mechanisms. A crack in one of the windows would have been caused by the actors being a little too passionate. This 19th century clock is still running. It is reassembled every week by Marvin Schneider, whose official title is “master of clocks”, with the help of Forest Markowitz. The service entrance is at Leonard Street, the building where New Yorkers go to pay their fines.

Address: Clock Tower, 346 Broadway, New York, USA

The Algonquin Hotel

The Algonquin - Photo credit: Fantrippers
The Algonquin – Photo credit: Fantrippers

It was at the bar that Elizabeth appeared, dressed as a man. Opened in 1902, the Algonquin has played an important role in the cultural history of the town, since it was here in the 1920s that the Algonquin Round Table literary circle, made up of writers and enthusiasts, met.

Address: 59 W 44th Street, New York, USA

Café des artistes

Artists' Café - Nine and a half weeks
Artists’ Café – Nine and a half weeks

The Café des artistes, where John comes to eat with Elizabeth dressed as a man, closed in 2009, but a new restaurant called Leopard at des Artistes opened in 2011 at the same location. For $40 to $50, you can dine amidst Howard Chandler Christy’s superb murals of nymphs.

Address: 9 W 67th Street, New York, USA

Luna Park

Luna Park Coney Island - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Luna Park Coney Island – Photo credit: Fantrippers

John offers balloons to Elizabeth as they exit the Coney Island-Stillwell Av. Balloons that she will use to hit him once he has come down from the big wheel at the top of which he has voluntarily left her immobilized.

Address: 1000 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Chelsea Hotel

Chelsea Hotel New York
“NYC – Chelsea: Hotel Chelsea” by wallyg is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The last sensual scene between John and Elizabeth takes place in one of the rooms of this mythical hotel.

Address: 222 West 23rd Street, New York, USA

House Boat

House Boat - Nine and a half weeks
House Boat – Nine and a half weeks

Discovering the floating house where John takes Elizabeth, at the beginning, is an opportunity for a nice change of scenery on the pontoons.

Address: 401 W 79th Street, New York, USA

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By Damien Duarte

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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